Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first African American artist who achieved international recognition. Tanner’s father, an African Methodist Episcopal minister, was instrumental in his early work. Established as a salon artist in Paris, Tanner’s work encompassed many religious themes. One of his paintings was gifted to me by a dear church member and I meditate on it daily. As I am drawn to Mary, notice her surroundings and focus upon the light which seems perplexing.
Throughout the scriptures, we have been called to keep the commandments established long ago by God. For those who are new to meditation a good place to begin is to use the Ten Commandments by meditating on one of them each day. (This also helps you to learn all of the Commandments if you don’t already know them.) The key to meditating is like many things which enrich our spiritual walk
Lord, open our eyes to see where the Martha in us may sometimes become pre-occupied with the busyness of life. May we practice and pray with ears trained to hear your still small voice leading and guiding us through life. Like Mary, may we strive to quiet our minds in order to create a sacred […]
Almighty and Eternal God, our refuge of comfort, hope and peace. In seasons of distress, we ask for your divine favor and mercy. As we learn to live within the various seasons of the pandemic, we know our hope and strength is in you alone. We pray for compassion for the afflicted, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to all healthcare workers and wisdom to our leaders.